A Gaelic language college is being awarded £3 million to help secure its long-term future.
The Scottish Government funding will help develop the new village of Kilbeg near the Sabhal Mor Ostaig campus on Skye, providing more education, residential and business accommodation.
An additional £1 million will be available for councils to help expand Gaelic medium education.
Alasdair Allan, the minister responsible for languages, said: "Sabhal Mor Ostaig makes an important contribution to the area beyond its obvious tuition and promotion of Gaelic. This funding will help create new opportunities for the college and secure its future and to extend its education, cultural and economic role within Skye and throughout Scotland.
"Ongoing improvements to deliver better facilities and infrastructure for Gaelic medium education demonstrates the increasing demand to support young children develop bilingual language skills as part of their natural development."
The investment was welcomed by the college.
Principal Boyd Robertson said: "This most welcome news caps an extraordinary year for Sabhal Mor Ostaig, one in which the college acquired almost 40 acres of land from the Clan Donald Lands Trust, thus enabling future extension of its role as the National Centre for Gaelic and agent of linguistic, cultural and economic regeneration locally and nationally."
The funding is part of the £205 million package of construction and maintenance projects to begin this year, announced by Finance Secretary John Swinney last month.
The college celebrates its 40th anniversary next year.
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